How to Draw Salt Shakers

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Salt shakers have interesting angles and connecting features. Draw salt shakers well with this free video tutorial presented by a professional artist.

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Hi, I'm Dori DeCamillis from Red Dot Gallery. Today, we're going to learn how to draw a salt shaker. Okay, for a salt shaker, I'm going to start with the head, or the cap, or the lid. It's got some threads here where it screws on. The glass has a little bit of a lip here. We're going to draw out a little bit of an angle. So, it's going to come down. And, this'll be the corner. It's got nice little arch here, there it comes down to the corner. And, this is where the glass is at the bottom, and the salt basically sits on top of that. So, if this is our salt level here, we can shade around that. So, I'm going to draw some little flat ellipses up here for the holes. I'm going to start shading where the threads are, give it some definition. Give a little bit of a shadow here. Now, also at the crease here, where the lip of the glass comes in, I'm going to give a little bit of shading, not as much on the light side of the piece. To make the salt look white, I'm going to shade where it isn't. We can shade a little more on the dark side of it. And, it'll look especially good if underneath, you give some shading where that little arch comes up for the, where the glass meets the salt. I'm just going to put a much thinner line over here. And, it's a little off kilter, I can straighten that up with some dark lines. That's the general idea. You can do deeper shadows if you like, and more reflections. I'm going to deepen up my lines a little bit here, and give it a little more of a shadow. And, this is how you draw a salt shaker.

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